On November 3, 2011, another Yaz lawsuit filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Lawrence Country, Pennsylvania, was removed to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The court order states that Bayer, the defendant in the case, is planning on calling the case a potential “tag along” to the current Yaz/Yasmin MDL that is happening in Illinois.
This newest Yaz lawsuit was filed by Phil Gallo and Randi Daugherty on behalf of their daughter, Michala Gallo. Michala suffered from gallbladder disease, blood clots and a pulmonary embolism after taking Yaz. Each of those side effects is serious and potentially life-threatening. The plaintiffs are claiming that Michala had also suffered from chronic cholecystitis after taking Yaz, which is a condition that causes the gallbladder swell and get irritated, which can also lead to patients developing gallstones. This alone is terrible, but that wasn’t the end of Michala’s trials.
Aside from the gallbladder disease, the plaintiffs are claiming that Michala also suffers from acid reflux, nausea, diarrhea and large hematomas. They feel as if Yaz caused those complications as well. Yaz has been linked to many life-threatening side effects, including gallbladder disease and blood clots that can lead to heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis.
Most recently, the FDA announced that it was trying to get the labels of Yaz and Yasmin updated to include more in-depth warnings against the blood clots that have been the source of a lot of controversy and panel advisory meetings as of late. The first of the Yaz Bellwether trials are to begin early in 2012, with more to follow soon after them. Thousands of patients and their families have filed lawsuits against Bayer, the makers of Yaz and Yasmin, after suffering from debilitating side effects linked to the pills. This newest tag along case to the MDL is just a drop in the bucket in comparison.